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1999-2002 Plan

Introductory Course

Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellows

Ethical Dilemmas of Post-Conflict Reconciliation

Ethical Dilemmas: Preliminary Case Studies

Long Range Proposal

Martha Minow

Michael Ignatieff

A Poetics of Reconciliation: The Aesthetic Mediation of Conflict

Coexistence Program Director

Martha Minow
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Martha Minow

Martha Minow
Professor of Law
Harvard University

Professor Minow received her J.D. from Yale University and her Ed.M. from Harvard. At Harvard Law School, she has taught Civil Procedure, Family Law, Legal Profession and Jurisprudence. Her scholarship includes articles about discrimination law affecting women, children, disabled persons and members of ethnic, racial or religious minorities. She has served on the Board of the American Bar Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Before entering teaching, Minow was a law clerk for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Bazelon. She is the author of Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law, Not Only for Myself: Identity Politics and Law, and Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence. She is co-editor with Gary Bellow of Law Stories, essays on legal advocacy.

Select Law Review Articles Online:

Select Law Review Articles Online:

Columbia Law Review, November, 1997
JUDGE FOR THE SITUATION: JUDGE JACK WEINSTEIN, CREATOR OF TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES
In this Article, Professor Minow explores Judge Jack Weinstein's efforts to recast the role of the judge as problem solver.

Connecticut Law Review , Spring, 1994
THE WELFARE OF SINGLE MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN
Professor Minow writes: "After all my years of studying American history. . . in college, I remember being startled to learn why so much of it seemed confusing to me: a graduate student explained to me that historians of this country are divided between those who find a society of consensus and those who view it as one of conflict. In this Essay, I would like to explore this 'new consensus' on welfare reform, including the elaborations since 1988 at both the state and federal levels."

Georgetown Law Journal, November, 1993
LEGACY OF JUDGE DAVID L. BAZELON: Questioning Our Policies: Judge David L. Bazelon's Legacy for Mental Health Law.
"In the spirit of his commitment to question authority, I use the topic of mental health law advocacy, past and future, to illustrate the mode of inquiry Judge Bazelon inspires."

Georgetown Law Journal, August, 1992
HONORING JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL: Choices and Constraints: For Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Harvard Women's Law Journal, Spring, 1997
PERSPECTIVES ON OUR PROGRESS: TWENTY YEARS OF FEMINIST THOUGHT
Twenty years after its founding, WLJ has more than a dozen sister journals at other law schools, as well as its own track record of substantial and important contributions to legal scholarship and debate.

University of Illinois Law Review, 1991
THE FREE EXERCISE OF FAMILIES
Originally presented on October 4, 1990, as the first 1990-91 lecture of the David C. Baum Memorial Lectures on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Indiana Law Journal, Winter, 1995
THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SUBGROUP QUESTION
Should a subgroup be able to secure special treatment when its members serve in the military or elsewhere in the government? When does accommodation become inconsistent with the government's commitment to neutrality concerning religion? Should Jews demand an entirely neutral government and oppose the use of prayer at the beginning of a legislative session or during a public high school graduation ceremony--or, instead, should Jews seek periodic rotation of Jewish clergy alongside a full array of leaders of other religions? Can Jews who serve in the military disobey the requirement of wearing a specified uniform by wearing yarmulkes? Our Supreme Court said "no," but Congress stepped in and said "yes."

University of Maryland School of Law, Spring, 1994
TRENDS IN HEALTH CARE DECISIONMAKING: WHO'S THE PATIENT?
When the health care focus on the individual patient shifts not to society but instead to the family or intimate group, conceptual, practical, and moral problems can arise.

Minnesota Law Review, December, 1995
What Ever Happened to Children's Rights?

University of Missouri at Kansas City Law Review, Fall, 1993
LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE
There tend to be two kinds of people when it comes to the topic of "law and social change," those who believe that law is an important instrument of social change and those who think not.

we are not yet in a position to launch a new master's program, the funding we have received will support several key elements of the plan we developed. The new initiative will focus on engaging the faculty in articulating a Brandeis approach to intercommunal coexistence; the development of undergraduate courses; the design and evaluation of undergraduate co-curricular activities; and publications. Throughout the three years for which we have received support we will continue to strengthen our capacity to launch a master's program in intercommunal coexistence for experienced professionals.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Cynthia E. Cohen will continue her work on this initiative as Coexistence Program Director. Since completing the proposal, she has been directing "Ethical Dilemmas of Post-Conflict Reconciliation in Transnational Perspective," a United States Institute of Peace-funded research project. She has also been working on coexistence-related programs at the Ethics Center. Cindy has proved to be an invaluable member of the Ethics Center staff, and we are delighted that she will continue in this capacity to further this important work at the University.

The initiative in Intercommunal Coexistence will be housed at the Ethics Center, but will seek to engage the entire Brandeis campus community in intellectual inquiry and co-curricular activities. It is intended to position Brandeis as an academic leader in the emerging field of coexistence. Watch this website in the next few weeks to find a chart detailing the goals, activities and outcomes that will give shape to our work for the next three years. As we begin to refine and implement these plans, we welcome your ideas and comments.

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[Announcement] [1999-2002 Plan] [Introductory Course] [Ethics and Coexistence Student Fellows] [Ethical Dilemmas of Post-Conflict Reconciliation] [Ethical Dilemmas: Preliminary Case Studies] [Long Range Proposal] [Martha Minow] [Michael Ignatieff] [A Poetics of Reconciliation: The Aesthetic Mediation of Conflict] [Coexistence Program Director]